Author: Flo Bannigan

Fanny And The Atta Boys – ‘A Peck Of Dirt’ (album premiere)

Fanny And The Atta Boys – ‘A Peck Of Dirt’ (album premiere)

Combine a hefty dose of nostalgia with a mix of jazz and toe-tapping rhythms and you’ve got yourself A Peck Of Dirt, the brand new album from Fanny And The Atta Boys. Released on March 24 with support from Heyday Media Group, this is an album of sounds that are sure to pack any old-time dance floor, and we are […]

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DIDI – “Sorry” (single premiere)

DIDI – “Sorry” (single premiere)

In the music industry, the dividing line between those behind the mixing desk and those behind the mike can seem like the boundary between two nations. Different cultures, different personalities, even different languages. The divide is gendered, too, with far fewer women in the engineering and producing space, so a successful female producer who transitions to performer is bound to […]

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Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Opium Of The Masses’

Sharon Lazibyrd – ‘Opium Of The Masses’

Contemporary folk draws influences from all over, and none more so than the work of Sharon Lazibyrd, previously one half of duo The Lazibyrds. Calling on musicals, music hall and everything from Julian Cope to English folk, Sharon’s EP Opium Of The Masses showcases her beautifully naive vocal style, layered, traditional arrangements and compelling story-telling. It’s no surprise to find […]

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Kiirstin Marilyn – “She” (single and video premiere)

Kiirstin Marilyn – “She” (single and video premiere)

Having tipped Kiirstin Marilyn’s forthcoming release Worldly Affairs in our Most Anticipated Albums list for 2017, it’s good to see her releasing the signature single on 14 March, right on schedule, and we are delighted to premiere it here. “She” is a song with a story, which is not surprising as Kiirstin is well known for placing political activism at […]

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Johnno Casson aka Snippet – ‘Future Melancholy Pop Music’ (album review)

Johnno Casson aka Snippet – ‘Future Melancholy Pop Music’ (album review)

Acquiring the title of “National Treasure” can be a double-edged sword. A bit like a Lifetime Achievement Award, it implies that the best is in the past. But when it is offered with the respect and affection of BBC veteran music presenter Tom Robinson, it’s an accolade any musician would be proud to accept. Enter Johnno Casson, aka Snippet and […]

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Debs McCoy – ‘For David’

Debs McCoy – ‘For David’

There are many reasons why musicians are moved to write and record. Creating art comes from the heart, the soul, and the moment of inspiration. Often it can be a way to release emotion and express meaning beyond words. This collection of piano-led pieces, brought together by composer Debs McCoy in her album, For David, emerged when her dear friend […]

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APHRA – “Sadness Is A Gesture”

APHRA – “Sadness Is A Gesture”

Any brand-new label would be excited by their first release. Newbies Inherent Sounds have every right to be proud to kick off their roster with Sadness Is A Gesture from APHRA, the electropop alter-ego of Philadelphia’s Rebecca Waychunas. With unexpected depth to her music, Rebecca explains “Most people would listen to my songs and assume it’s about boy meets girl, […]

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Brady Toops – “Carolina” (video premiere)

Brady Toops – “Carolina” (video premiere)

The transition from pro baseball player to reality TV star to successful singer-songwriter may seem to encompass everything that anyone could ever want from life. By 2015, Brady Toops had achieved all this and more, yet there was something missing. He reveals: I think I had slowly lost heart, and didn’t realize it. The youthful zeal of my 20s had […]

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Kate Dimbleby – “Songbirds”

Kate Dimbleby – “Songbirds”

Think of a capella music and you may well bring to mind Pitch Perfect, The Flying Pickets or The Roches. What you won’t expect is the complex variation provided by singer-songwriter Kate Dimbleby in Songbirds. Whilst this is her sixth studio album, it’s the first that she considers to be truly herself – “Everything laid bare.” Songbirds is the product of […]

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Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

The build-up for Never Closer has been intense, in part because of UK Somgwriter and Broadcaster Tom Robinson’s introduction and updates on the album’s Pledge Music site, but also through the impact of Raphael’s intensely confessional poem “I Come From Ireland”, released as an early single and reviewed in our Saturday Sampler here. Would the album live up to expectations? […]

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Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Albert Man – “Nothing Of Nothing Much”

Received with critical acclaim, Albert Man‘s 2016 album, Cheap Suit, placed him at the forefront of London’s gig circuit and generated praise from the BBC Radio’s Head of Music. We also gave it an in-depth review along with an interview with the man himelf, so we’ve been eagerly awaiting his next release. It comes in the shape of an EP, […]

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Tourists – “Masquerade” (single premiere)

Tourists – “Masquerade” (single premiere)

UK band Tourists may well look back on 2016 as their breakthrough year, achieving acclaim from influential tastemakers (like us!), radio airplay and stage-space to showcase their music. So the pressure is on to maintain the momentum in 2017. Less than a month into the New Year, Tourists are claiming 2017’s dream-pop zone with “Masquerade”, a six-and-a-half minute, atmospheric epic […]

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The Bud Collins Trio – “Quasarmoto”

The Bud Collins Trio – “Quasarmoto”

Sometimes music arrives on the scene that defies categorisation. Quasarmoto from The Bud Collins Trio is such an offering. Sounding just a little bit like the vocals have been mixed to the wrong track, this shouldn’t work. Yet strangely…deliciously…weirdly…it does. And then there’s the name. The Bud Collins Trio could be the band that played at your mother’s wedding. As […]

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Mary-Jess – “Prayer To A Snowflake”

Mary-Jess – “Prayer To A Snowflake”

At this time of year, it’s easy to write off music as tacky or overly-sentimental, especially when the shops are blasting out Slade and Chris de Burgh as though there’s been nothing new since the 70s. Thankfully, in Prayer To A Snowflake, UK-based, classical-crossover artist Mary-Jess has released an album that cuts through the cynicism and provides a perfect selection […]

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Taylor Noelle – “Out Of My System”

Taylor Noelle – “Out Of My System”

When music comes out of Nashville, you’d expect country. When an artist comes from Los Angeles, you’d expect indie-rock with a polished edge. Taylor Noelle brings a blend of both, which is hardly surprising since she moved from her native Los Angeles to Nashville to make her music. Out Of My System, Taylor Noelle’s debut EP, reveals a singer-songwriter with […]

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The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

Rock and Roll may be a universal language, but there is a distinctly French flavour to The Black Leaders. Formed in Rennes in 2014, the band released their first album My Best Friend in 2015. Their follow-up, Take It Easy, reflects a journey between France and the UK with vocalist Marie Guyottot delivering tones of a chanteuse against raw rock […]

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Bethan Lees – “Ships”

Bethan Lees – “Ships”

Moving from backstage into the spotlight, the stuff of many a Hollywood plot line, is the real-life story of Bethan Lees. Whether as a dance teacher or stage manager, Lees has been absorbing new music on the festival circuit and at various open mic nights, where she would occasionally step forward with her own performance. Coming from a musical family […]

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Mariam – “Heart To Heart”

Mariam – “Heart To Heart”

Need a bit of upbeat, atmospheric soul-pop to raise the spirits? Look no further than Heart to Heart, the debut EP from South-London based singer-songwriter Mariam. Crediting her ability to tell stories through songs from her Nigerian heritage, Mariam has been a feature of London’s underground/indie circuit since 2011, entertaining audiences with her voice and her guitar “Pearl”. Although this […]

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Belly of Paris – “Peste”

Belly of Paris – “Peste”

Belly of Paris may well be the ultimate international collective. Based in Bahrain and bringing together musicians from India, Argentina, Palestine, Hungary, UK, and Bahrain (of course), the band takes its name from a book by French novelist Emile Zola. Frontman and founder Daniel Cochran admits to a fondness for great French novelists, describing Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo as […]

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Natalie Carolan – “I Sleep” (single premiere)

Natalie Carolan – “I Sleep” (single premiere)

Everyone loves a good ghost story for Halloween, and what better way to deliver it than in song. Natalie Carolan‘s new single, “I Sleep”, does exactly this. The song crosses from dreamy to spooky and back again as it tells the tale of an elderly lady, not of this world, who sits at the end of the bed as you go […]

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